There’s nothing sweeter than the soft glow of Christmas lights in the house during the holidays. That’s what I love about this project, it’s a beautiful way to carry that warm, merry feeling to the rest of the house.
A wide mouth quart size mason jar (really most anything will do)
White corded mini lights (battery operated is best)
1 yard of 2” burlap ribbon
1 3/8” double faced satin ribbon
Sprig of berries
Hot glue gun
Start by painting your first layer of glitter paint onto your mason jar. I only painted the face of the jar avoiding the mouth and bottom.
You’ll paint 3-4 layers for the best coverage and with the paint shown you need to wait an hour between each coat.
Next, decorate your lid. I started by measuring the burlap ribbon to the circumference of the jar lid plus an inch. Next, fold your ribbon in half, sewing the edges to the center and serge/zigzag stitch the raw edges on the ends. Set this piece aside.
Spray your lid top with adhesive and stick your burlap ribbon on top. You will probably have to use two pieces. Trim around the circle and apply a pretty thick layer of fray check to the edges. Set the lid top aside.
Now, make a bow using the satin ribbon. Kinda eyeball what size you like, I used this hair bow tutorial as a guide.
Now make the burlap bow to go underneath the satin bow. I laid out the burlap underneath the satin bow and eyeballed it until I was happy with the proportions. Once you’re happy with the size sew the center pieces that are touching each other together to make sure everything stays in place when you assemble all the elements.
Now, place the satin bow on top of the burlap ribbon.
And (as demonstrated in the bow tutorial) form a knot with a 3-4” piece of satin ribbon and then tie it around both burlap and satin bows, like so.
Next v-cut your burlap ends and sew them so they don’t fray. Here’s some info on how to v-cut you bow ends, although I prefer fray check to seal the ends because it doesn’t warp the crisp v shape.
Next, glue your bow and embellishments on. I would glue your berry sprig on now and then glue the bow on top. Because the bow is so big you’ll want to tack it on a little further down the lid so the bows match the curve of the lid. It’ll make it look much more fluid this way. See where my finger is inside the bow? That’s where you’ll want to glue the bow down to the lid making sure not to glue the top part of the burlap bow.
I also added a rhinestone to the bow, but you can leave it plain too. It’s beautiful either way.
What I love about this project is because of the glitter paint you don’t even have to have the lights on for this to be a really stunning piece. The glitter will sparkle during the day and the lights will sparkle at night. The berries make it festive and the burlap, satin, and rhinestones add the perfect shabby chic touch.
Lindsay is a mother by day; artist, blogger, crafter by night. She is currently obsessed with photography, nail art, and trying to fit dinner somewhere between all of that. Her goal for this year is to find a cure for short-nap syndrome and ‘That’s Mine!’ disease.